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Editor's note: In this article, originally published in Denver Inside and Out(History Colorado, 2011), Betty Jo Brenner illuminates the history of women's roles in sustaining white supremacy in the early twentieth century.
With the onset of World War I came opportunities for Coloradans to do their part. Women were increasingly active outside the domestic sphere, and National Service Schools offered an important outlet in a time of unprecedented female activism. One of those schools found a home at Denver's Loretto Heights Academy, a Catholic school run by the Sisters of Loretto.
Susan B. Anthony claimed that bicycling “has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world.” One bicycle on display at the History Colorado Center offers insight into the pedal-powered campaign for the women’s vote in Colorado.